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Meet John Doe: From movie treat to Broadway trip. Thanks Broadway Records

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We've always loved Meet John Doe, the film.
Now we have Meet John Doe, the Jonathan Larson Award-winning musical by Andrew Gerle and Eddie Sugarman.
Nice indeed.
The CD (Broadway Records) features Heidi Blickenstaff, who received a 2007 Helen Hayes Award for the show's world premiere production at the Ford's Theatre in DC. Joining her from the Ford's production are James Moye as John Doe and two-time Tony Award nominee Joel Blum, as well as our pal, Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli, John Jellison and Andrew Keenan-Bolger.
Meet John Doe is based on the classic Frank Capra film from 1941, starring Barbara Stanwyck as ambitious reporter Ann Mitchell, and Gary Cooper as out-of-work baseball pitcher John Willoughby. When Mitchell is fired in the depths of the Depression, she pens a prank letter to her own column from a “John Doe,” who is planning to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge on New Year's Eve to “protest the state of society.” When the letter is unexpectedly printed, “John” becomes a citywide sensation, and Ann muscles her way back into her job, ghostwriting columns for him. To play John, she hires Willoughby, who turns out to be much more than a handsome face. After John Doe creates a national movement of community organizations, newspaper owner D.B. Norton tries to cash in on John Doe's popularity, and Ann and the real John must decide how far they'll go to protect what they've created.
"We fell in love with the witty dialogue and complicated love story of the film," said Sugarman, "and knew that Andrew could write a terrific jazz-inspired score to go along with that." Adds Gerle, "What we didn't realize was how relevant the political message would become as we worked on the show. Capra's message of everyday folks triumphing over corporations and fat cats feels more important today than ever, and audiences really responded to that."
Adds Van Dean, co-founder of Broadway Records: "Meet John Doe is a wonderful new musical that has had several productions around the country. We are honored to have the opportunity to release its Original Studio Cast Recording."
Thanks, Santa.

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